Health and social care network events underway


The first of the three events which form the core of the Health & Social Care Finance Advisory Service Network’s annual offer has been announced for 12–13 July. 

Phil Harding, lead author for CIPFA in the production of forthcoming guidance From Cost to Price: Commissioning for Sustainable Social Care, commissioned by the Department of Health in partnership with the LGA and ADASS, will set out the key financial aspects of the commissioning process in the context of the Care Act. Phil will provide an insider’s view of the emerging best practice.

About the event

The Care Act guidance places much emphasis on looking at costs in setting prices, and so the day will focus on:

  • why you should start early in reviewing costs and setting prices, and how to collaborate with providers and other local authorities when doing so
  • advantages and disadvantages of the different tools that are available to assist in assessing costs 
  • approaches to determining returns on capital
  • the impact of the National Living Wage
  • the benefits of procuring through a mix of volume/spot contracts and multi-year agreements.

Benefits of attending 

The workshops will help with:

  • reviewing costs and setting prices in the context of the new Care Act guidance
  • forward service and financial planning and budgeting 
  • collaborative engagement with providers in exploring mutually beneficial opportunities to innovate and review and reduce costs
  • updating whole market position statements, Better Care Fund and commissioning plans.
Network membership also gives you access to technical advice via phone or email, as well as web support and attendance at network events around the country – with good opportunities for networking, career development and CPD.

Webchat is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding UK bank holidays).